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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Atchafalaya River at Simmesport are issued routinely year-round.
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Downstream Gauge Downstream Gauge - at Melville
Zoom Level:16
Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 50
Moderate Flood Stage: 44
Flood Stage: 40
Action Stage: 35
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 59.13 ft on 05/16/1927
(2) 57.33 ft on 05/16/1922
(3) 57.14 ft on 04/30/1945
(4) 55.83 ft on 05/13/1912
(5) 55.03 ft on 03/01/1937
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 31.53 ft on 03/24/2022
(2) 34.87 ft on 04/11/2021
(3) 39.88 ft on 04/14/2020
(4) 42.06 ft on 03/13/2019
(5) 41.95 ft on 03/16/2018
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.31 ft on 11/08/1891
(2) 0.31 ft on 11/01/1991
(3) 0.70 ft on 10/17/1976
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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61 The river level is at the net grade protection of the levee system
60 The river is at the lowest height of the back ring protection levee around the city of Simmesport
43 The river stage is at the natural ground elevation of areas protected by the levee system
40 There will be flooding of areas inside the levees of the atchafalya floodway. Considerable flooding in the backwater storage area in Avoyelles Parish.
35 Backwater flooding of unprotected areas above Simmesport will begin

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